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Jonathan unleashed : a novel

Rosoff, Meg.

FIC ROSOFF

Jonathan Trefoil's boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him - only richer and more organised with a different sense of humor. On the plus side, his two flatmates are determined to fix his life - or possibly to destroy it altogether. It's difficult to be certain as they only speak dog. Poor Jonathan. He doesn't remember life being this confusing back in the good old days before everyone expected him to act like a person. But one thing he knows for sure: if he can make it in New York City, he can make it anywhere. Will he get out of advertising, meet the girl of his dreams and figure out the gender of his secret crush? Given how it's going so far, probably not.

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Suggested by Michelle C.


Black lotus : a woman's search for racial identity

Abrams, Sil Lai.

BIO ABRAMS ABRAMS

"The unique and beautifully written story of one multiracial woman's journey of acceptance and identity that tackles the fraught topic of race in America. Sil Lai Abrams always knew she was different, with darker skin and curlier hair than her siblings. But when the man who she thought was her dad told her the truth--that her father was actually black--her whole world was turned upside down. Raised primarily in the Caucasian community of Winter Park, Florida, Abrams was forced to re-examine who she really was and struggle with her Caucasian, African American, and Chinese identities. In her remarkable memoir, she shares this journey and how it speaks to a larger question: Why does race matter? Black Lotus is a story of acceptance and identity but it is also a dialogue on the complex topic of race in this country by an award-winning writer and inspirational speaker"--

Suggested by Michelle C.


Tong wars : the untold story of vice, money, and murder in New York's Chinatown

Seligman, Scott D., author.

364.1066 SELIGMA

"Reading like a true-crime novel, this history of the vice district and gang wars of New York's Chinatown from the 1890s through the 1930s describes the widespread fight to control the district's gambling, opium and prostitution,"--NoveList.

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Suggested by Michelle C.


Bridge of words : Esperanto and the dream of a universal language

Schor, Esther H, author.

499.992 SCHOR

"In 1887, Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof, a Polish Jew, had the idea of putting an end to tribalism by creating a universal language, one that would be equally accessible to everyone in the world. The result was Esperanto, a utopian scheme full of the brilliance, craziness, and grandiosity that characterize all such messianic visions. In this first full history of a constructed language, poet and scholar Esther Schor traces the life of Esperanto. She follows the path from its invention by Zamenhof, through its turn-of-the-century golden age as the great hope of embattled cosmopolites, to its suppression by nationalist regimes and its resurgence as a bridge across the Cold War. She plunges into the mechanics of creating a language from scratch, one based on rational systems that would be easy to learn, politically neutral, and allow all to speak to all. Rooted in the dark soil of Europe, Esperanto failed to stem the continent's bloodletting, of course, but as Schor shows, the ideal continues draw a following of modern universalists dedicated to its visionary goal. Rich and subtle, Bridge of Words is at once a biography of an idea, an original history of Europe, and a spirited exploration of the only language charged with saving the world from itself. "--

Suggested by Michelle C.


The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope

Kamkwamba, William, 1987-

BIO KAMKWAM KAMKWAM

This immensely engaging tale relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.

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Suggested by Michelle C.


The amazing adventures of Kavalier & Clay : a novel

Chabon, Michael.

FIC CHABON

It is New York City in 1939. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat to date: smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague. He is looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a collaborator to create the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Out of their fantasies, fears, and dreams, Joe and Sammy weave the legend of that unforgettable champion the Escapist. And inspired by the beautiful and elusive Rosa Saks, a woman who will be linked to both men by powerful ties of desire, love, and shame, they create the otherworldly mistress of the night, Luna Moth. As the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe and the world, the Golden Age of comic books has begun.

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Suggested by Lindsey


The clan of the Cave Bear : a novel

Auel, Jean M.

FIC AUEL

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel's magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear.

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Suggested by Lindsey


The road

McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-

FIC MCCARTH

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food -- and each other.

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Suggested by Lindsey


The talented Mr. Ripley

Highsmith, Patricia, 1921-1995.

FIC HIGHSMI

Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath. Here, in this first Ripley novel, we are introduced to suave Tom Ripley, a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from gallivanting in Italy. Soon Ripley's fascination with Dickie's debonair lifestyle turns obsessive as he finds himself enraged by Dickie's ambivalent affections for Marge, a charming American dilettante. A dark reworking of Henry James's The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr. Ripley serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels.

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Suggested by Lindsey


Running with scissors : a memoir

Burroughs, Augusten.

BIO BURROUG BURROUG

Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules, there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock therapy machine under the stairs. Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

Also available as an OverDrive eBook and OverDrive eAudio.

Suggested by Lindsey


Thoreau : a sublime life

Le Roy, Maximilien, author, colorist.

BIO THOREAU LE ROY

"'To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.' This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist.

Suggested by Liz


Compost city : practical composting know-how for small-space living

Louie, Rebecca.

631.875 LOUIE

Packed with research, expert testimonies, and a healthy dose of humour, 'Compost City' gives us essential strategies on composting in small, shared, diversely crowded spaces.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz


Mason jar salads and more : 50 layered lunches to grab & go

Mirabella, Julia, author.

641.83 MIRABEL

Discover the coolest way to pack a tasty, healthy lunch! Mason Jar Salads and More shows how to prepare on-the-go meals that are packed with fresh produce and whole foods.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz


Gardening with less water : low-tech, low-cost techniques : use up to 90% less water in your garden

Bainbridge, David A., author.

635.9 BAINBRI

Are you facing drought or water shortages? Gardening with Less Water offers simple, inexpensive, low-tech techniques for watering your garden much more efficiently.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz


Slow cooker dump dinners : 5-ingredient recipes for meals that (practically) cook themselves

McCartney, Jennifer, 1980- author.

641.5884 MCCARTN

A great new source for freshening up your crock-pot repertoire. And all with 5 ingredients or less!

Suggested by Liz


Intro to alien invasion

King, Owen, author.

FIC KING

Stacey, a brilliant, overachieving astrobiology major at Fenton College, had planned on just another lonely spring break on campus. But when a hurricane batters the small college town, downing power lines and knocking out cell phone reception, Stacey and her friends are stranded with no way to communicate with the outside world at the worst possible moment: in the midst of an alien invasion!

Suggested by Liz


Virginia Woolf : an illustrated biography

Alkayat, Zena.

J BIO WOOLF ALKAYAT

Beautifully illustrated biography celebrates the life and work of Virginia Woolf, one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and creative thinkers.

Suggested by Liz


Eligible : a novel

Sittenfeld, Curtis.

FIC SITTENF

A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice...Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts challenges in the form of her younger sisters' football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin's unwanted attentions and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon.

This title is also available in large print, audiobook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz


The hired girl

Schlitz, Laura Amy.

TEEN SCHLITZ

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs chronicles her life in a journal when she leaves her family's farm in Pennsylvania to work as a hired girl in Baltimore in the summer of 1911.

This title is also available in audiobook and OverDrive eBook formats.

Suggested by Liz


Boy, snow, bird

Oyeyemi, Helen.

FIC OYEYEMI

A brilliant recasting of the Snow White fairy tale set in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

This title is also available in Large Print and OverDrive eBook formats.

Suggested by Liz


Jane Austen : an illustrated biography

Alkayat, Zena.

J BIO AUSTEN ALKAYAT

"Enchanting illustrations and handwritten text featuring excerpts from Austen's personal letters outline the intimate details of the literary icon's life her childhood on a farm, the writing of her first novella, her marital woes, the inspiration behind Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, and more"--Provided by publisher.

Suggested by Liz


Did you ever have a family

Clegg, Bill, author.

FIC CLEGG

"On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fianceĢ, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke--her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor. Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak. From the couple running a motel on the Pacific Ocean where June eventually settles into a quiet half-life, to the wedding's caterer whose bill has been forgotten, to Luke's mother, the shattered outcast of the town--everyone touched by the tragedy is changed as truths about their near and far histories finally come to light" --

Suggested by Ruth


Our souls at night

Haruf, Kent, author.

FIC HARUF

In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness. They are soon exchanging the confidences and memories of lives now empty of family, and their hopes for the imminent future.

Suggested by Ruth


The story hour : [a novel]

Umrigar, Thrity N., author.

CD FIC UMRIGAR

An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage. Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn't need a shrink; she needs a friend.

Suggested by Ruth


Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end

Gawande, Atul, author.

362.175 GAWANDE

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.

Suggested by Ruth


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